preterit

Pronounced: PREH-tuh-ruht, noun

Notes: I should have known this word


Yesterday’s word

The word roister-doister, as a noun, means “a swaggering buffoon or reveler”. The adjective form is similar – “engaged in swaggering buffoonery”.

Background / Comments

This word comes from Ralph Roister Doister, the main character in a play written by Nicolas Udall in the mid-1500s. Roister means to behave in a boisterous, swaggering manner, and comes from Middle French rustre (boor), which itself comes from Latin rusticus (rustic).

First usage

This word entered English in the late 1500s.

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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